12/10/2009

Movie Review: Inglourious Basterds (2009)



It's hard not to like Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds. It's a lot more inspired than the Grindhouse double feature (Planet Terror & Death Proof) and features the classic quirky dialogues Tarantino has been known for. Moreover, it features a redneck version of Brad Pitt hacking away at Nazis with reckless abandon (which, by the way, has made the film a bit controversial).

But for all the hullabaloo surrounding "Basterds," it is a finely crafted film. It also showcases the wonderful Europeans Christopher Waltz and Mélanie Laurent, whom I think should be the highlighted in the billing (instead of the annoying Pitt).

However, the film is far from perfect. Like most other Tarantino films, it's a bit uneven over-all. There are parts that just appear out of nowhere and it will leave you wonder what was that all about. "Basterds" also rank as one of the least funny Tarantino movies in my books.

Inglorious Basterds is violent and merciless, not to mention too revisionist for my taste. (A movie where the events of World War II is altered is just too fantastic for me.)


Rating: 3.5/5


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